Wildcats’ tour gives back to Great Southern

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
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Perth Wildcats have completed a three-day visit to the Great Southern — running coaching clinics and visiting schools and organisations with NBL championship players Matt Knight, Angus Brandt and Mason Bragg along with assistant coach Jacob Chance.

Wildcat's Matt Knight joins in.
Camera IconWildcat's Matt Knight joins in. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Albany and Denmark were the final stop of the reigning NBL champions’ regional tour and it was a popular visit to the basketball-mad region with Brandt recently named in the Australian Boomers squad and Knight announcing this upcoming season would be his last.

The Wildcats visited schools and major sponsor First National Real Estate and ran a coaching clinic on Friday and Saturday morning before visits to Albany Health Campus, Albany PCYC and a local youth group.

Wildcats' Jacob Chance, Angus Brandt, Mason Bragg and Matt Knight with Albany Primary School deputy principal Peter Bolt and First National’s Lisa Riley and David Kerr.
Camera IconWildcats' Jacob Chance, Angus Brandt, Mason Bragg and Matt Knight with Albany Primary School deputy principal Peter Bolt and First National’s Lisa Riley and David Kerr. Credit: Albany Advertiser

On Sunday, they headed to Denmark for more coaching clinics to wrap up the busy trip south.

Knight, who announced he was continuing with the Wildcats next season after concussion problems, said the visit was satisfying for the players.

“When we grew up, we didn’t have this opportunity,” he said.

Wildcats’ Mason Bragg and Angus Brandt with exercise winner Daniel Fairhead.
Camera IconWildcats’ Mason Bragg and Angus Brandt with exercise winner Daniel Fairhead. Credit: Albany Advertiser

“It’s great to see the smiles on these kids’ faces.” Bragg grew up in the small city of Burnie, Tasmania, and echoed his teammate’s thoughts.

“I’m from the same town as Matty ... so it reminds me a lot of home,” he said.

Albany Primary School’s Alexandra Gust with Wildcats’ Jacob Chance and Mason Bragg.
Camera IconAlbany Primary School’s Alexandra Gust with Wildcats’ Jacob Chance and Mason Bragg. Credit: Albany Advertiser

“Growing up, we never had the chance to see an NBL player or coach, so to help these kids is pretty awesome.”

Brandt said giving time to regional children was important.

“These places show us a lot of support and usually can’t get to games or have that same inter-action with us,” he said.

Wildcat's Matt Knight and Jason Chance join in.
Camera IconWildcat's Matt Knight and Jason Chance join in. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Former NBL and Wildcats star and now Great Southern identity Paul Rogers was an onlooker at the Wildcats’ stopover in Denmark.

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